NOVANGLUS, AND MASSACHUSETTENSIS; or Political Essays, Published in the Years 1774 and 1775, On the Principal Points of Controversy, Between Great Britain and Her Colonies. The Former by John Adams... the Latter by Jonathan Sewall... To Which are Added, a Number of Letters, Lately Written by President Adams to the Honourable William Tudor; Some of Which Were Never Before Published
NOVANGLUS, AND MASSACHUSETTENSIS; or Political Essays, Published in the Years 1774 and 1775, On the Principal Points of Controversy, Between Great Britain and Her Colonies. The Former by John Adams... the Latter by Jonathan Sewall... To Which are Added, a Number of Letters, Lately Written by President Adams to the Honourable William Tudor; Some of Which Were Never Before Published

NOVANGLUS, AND MASSACHUSETTENSIS; or Political Essays, Published in the Years 1774 and 1775, On the Principal Points of Controversy, Between Great Britain and Her Colonies. The Former by John Adams... the Latter by Jonathan Sewall... To Which are Added, a Number of Letters, Lately Written by President Adams to the Honourable William Tudor; Some of Which Were Never Before Published

(Boston: Hews & Goss, 1819).

FIRST COMBINED EDITION AND FIRST IN THE FORMAT. A VERY SCARCE PRINTING IN AN EXTRAORDINARY STATE OF PRESERVATION. Collected together here and published in this format for the first time is debate through a series of articles on the complaints made of Great Britain by her American colonies.
Under the pseudonym 'Novanglus' a series of articles were published in the Boston Gazette by John Adams between January and April, 1775. These were penned in answer to certain articles advocating for the Tory interest and which appeared in the Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy under the pseudonym 'Massachusettensis'. Both series were also distributed at the time in pamphlet form. Mr. Adams' articles were later reprinted under the title, "History of the Dispute with America, From its Origin in 1754". This 1819 publication is is the first time the articles were printed together, and in essentially their original forms.
Until the time of publication the author 'Massachusettensis' was long thought to be Jonathan Sewall, the Kings Attorney General. It has since been established that the true author was Daniel Leonard, a prominent lawyer and member of a wealthy Loyalist family. Leonard left Boston when the British troops evacuated in March 1776, and his loyalty to Britain was eventually rewarded with the post of Chief Justice of Bermuda. Item #30485

First combined edition and the first edition in this format. 8vo, in period style half brown morocco over marbled boards, the spine with raised bands ruled in gilt and a red morocco label gilt lettered. vii, 312 pp. A completely pristine copy, the text unopened and untrimmed, the paper extremely fresh and as pristine, very unusual for a book of this period, the binding is essentially without flaw or distraction as well.

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